If you like Edgar Allan Poe and you enjoy creating artful projects, you are in the right place!

Thursday, January 29, 2015


This is Week 4 of the "Snow Poe" art challenge at the Quoth the Raven, Nevermore website.  I hope you can find some time this month to create something (white plus one color) with Poe in mind.  Inspiring examples created by the Design Team can be found here

Edgar Allan Poe is best known, I think, for his short stories, but he was also a poet, with more than 50 poems to his credit.  Although the quote I have used in my project today does not appear in any of Poe's works, he is credited with having said it.

To support my quote, I have used a stamp by Inkadinkado, as well as a border stamp called Streamers from Stampotique Originals.  My 6" x 6" card was made with paper scraps, and I used an orange marker to color the flowers and ribbon, as well as to highlight the streamers.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


Let this post serve as a reminder of the January art challenge at Quoth the Raven, Nevermore. You can find all the details for the "Snow Poe" (white on white, with a spot of color) challenge here.  

It has been written in many biographies about Poe how life-long demons seemed to pursue him. Poe, himself, even wrote of demons in more than a dozen of his works.  In his poem Ulalume, Poe's reference to the demon seems to be almost personal.

In my artwork today, I have featured a stamp from Stampotique Originals called "Heads" by designer Daniel Torrente.  My quote is computer generated/printed and is from Ulalume by Poe.  

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


Let this post serve as a reminder of the January challenge of Quoth the Raven.  You can find all the details for the "Snow Poe" challenge here.

January is the month of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday; January 19th, to be exact.  Poe lived from 1809 until late 1849, making him 40 years of age when he died--premature by today's standards.  Yes, I did say "premature!"  Having this thought reminded me almost immediately of Poe's short story entitled, The Premature Burial.  I read this story for the first time in college, but decided to read it again to refresh my recollections of it.  

It was as horrific as I remembered it to be, but definitely worth the time to read it.  I believe it tells a lot about Poe; more, perhaps, than most of his other works.  The quote I used for my project today will not be unfamiliar to a Poe enthusiast, yet easily absorbed by the new follower.  It is from The Premature Burial and appears on the inside of this card.
"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague.  Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?"

So, to you, Mr. Poe, a belated Happy Birthday!  I can't help but wonder what he might think, at the age of 206, looking at the efforts of our group today struggling still to understand his work.

Thursday, January 8, 2015



I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to be part of the creative design team at the popular website "Quoth the Raven, Nevermore"!  Joining me as new members are Nan and Jane, as well as continuing design team members Ike, Black Dragon
Shelland Fiona.  

"Quoth the Raven, Nevermore" is a website about Edgar Allan Poe, both personally and professionally--his failures and his successes, his stories and his poetry, his humor and his melancholy, and how we, as artists, might interpret those very parts of his being.  

My introductory artwork for the current theme (white-on-white, with one additional color) uses an excerpt from Poe's poem Annabel Lee. The two stamps I have used (Skull Moon and Goth Candelabra) were created by stamp designer Arwen McCullen from Germany.  Her stamps are sold through the Stampotique Originals website, and they ship worldwide.

So, come play with us!  Each month during 2015, as a team, we will be presenting a different challenge for you to incorporate into your artful Poe projects.  Quest #40 is now posted on the "Quoth the Raven, Nevermore" website.  Details here.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


As some of you know, for the last year I have been part of the Design Team at the Stampotique (a rubber stamp company) challenge blog.  As such, it was my pleasure on November 26 to create and host the weekly challenge.  Long being an admirer of Edgar Allan Poe and his works, I created the challenge In the Words of Edgar Allan Poe. The idea was to create artwork around a Poe quote. Many of the stamps sold by Stampotique are by stamp designer Daniel Torrente.  Torrente's creations lean to the "quirky" side, much like Poe was a bit quirky, so I thought the challenge was a good fit.  

The challenge was a huge success, in part because many who participated were already Poe fans and partly because some who participated had never heard of him and needed to do a bit of research to find their quote! If you would like to check out other Stampotique Design Team creations for the Poe challenge, you can find it here.  You can find my post submitted for this challenge here. My artwork is below.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking the time to leave a comment.  Both your visits and comments inspire me!